Marjorie Roemer – New FUSF Member
By Laura Cerier
Meet Marjorie Roemer, one of FUSF’s newest members. Marjorie signed “The Book” in January of this year!
Marjorie grew up in Sunnyside, Queens, New York City, right near the 59th Street Bridge. Marjorie fondly remembers the closest store where the family bought most everything, from mops and household supplies to shoes and clothing-Bloomingdale’s!
High school graduation brought her to Bennington College in Vermont where she majored in literature, although she did a lot of work in dance. The progressive education she received there informed Marjorie’s philosophy of education for her entire career.
While working on a Master’s degree in English at NYU, Marjorie became a junior high school teacher for a few years. But soon it was back to school again for Marjorie-Brandeis this time for a PhD. in English and American literature. She met her husband, Don, there.
After criss-crossing the United States from Chicago, to Santa Barbara, to Cincinnati, Marjorie and Don ended up in Franklin, where she could commute to her job of English professor at Rhode Island College and Don to Wayland High School, where he was a phenomenal English teacher and department head. In fact, when meeting Marjorie for the first time at FUSF during our “turn and greet your neighbor” portion of service, our own Cameron Kinney, upon hearing Marjorie’s last name, remembered “Doc Roemer” very fondly from the days Don volunteered his time at Franklin High School after he had retired!
Marjorie and Don would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year. But sadly, Don died a year and a half ago of a brain tumor.
So what brought Marjorie to the doors of FUSF? The labyrinth, Circle of Friends Coffeehouse, and a Miles Davis music service! Marjorie is a graduate of Carol’s sermon writing class; for those of you who heard her sermon “Recalculating” in February, I’m sure you join me in anticipation of her next sermon! Marjorie has recently joined the Worship Committee. When you see Marjorie, ask her about her involvement in the National Writing Project Program, and what courses she is teaching and taking at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Brandeis! Maybe she’ll even read her poem “Intimacies of Autumn” to you! Welcome, Marjorie!!